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Is Your Email Address Showing YOUR Age? Get Hip With It!

I was going through a number of resumes this past week and I started to laugh at some of the email addresses.  Why? Because some of them just shout, "Hello there, I am really old and out of it and still driving a horse and buggy too!" I have been meaning to write a short Blog on this now for a few years, but due to newer, cooler email addresses that have been growing popular, I felt the time has come for me to address (pun intended) this.  

Don't feel badly if you have one of these ancient emails, simply get rid of it and get a hipper one for applying to positions on LinkedIn, Job Boards and certainly for displaying on your resume.  Attached to the old one? Then go ahead and keep it for your personal use to lesson the disruption of having to change all your business accounts and your routine emails to long time friends.

 

So what Emails show your age?  



Here is the list:

  • msn.com
  • hotmail.com
  • aol.com
  • bellsouth.com
  • att.com
  • yahoo.com (that use to be a young one 6 years ago..not now, they replaced it with Y mail)
  • cox.net
  • roadrunner.com (do they still have that one?)
  • earthlink.com

Some of you are probably now offended! So sorry, but just think of it...do you know anyone under 30 that has a msn.com or earthlink.com email box?  Exactly!  My 81 year old Dad has a msn.com email address! I just went back to look at one of those mass emails he sends out to his cronies (and me) ALL the time.  You know the emails retired people send, old jokes that are so old they aren't funny anymore or frankly inappropriate to downright dirty?  They seem to love to send a bunch of politically correct and incorrect stuff too; Hey, what else do they have to do anyway? Now I digress...

Getting back on topic, I just went through each and every person he sends these "news notices" to and clicked to see what their email addresses were; guess what I found?  There were at least 20 people getting his group emails and they had a good deal in common besides being old, they had old email addresses too like cox.net, msn.com, aol.com and even frontiernet.net (don't ask).  To my surprise there was ONE person who had a newer email address!

So why not take years off your age on your resume and get a cool new email address?  The one email address I would recommend as of today is a gmail.com, yes a gmail account.  A gmail.com account is best unless, of course, you have your own domain name.  Most of you do not need your own personal Domain Name unless you plan on branding yourself or creating a business after you are done with corporate America.

A gmail.com account is free and is tied to your Google account and all the cool stuff you can now do with Google +. Yahoo.com is trying to catch up with their newer y.com, but why not forget Y and go with the more useful and hipper G?  

So go ahead and give your resume a face lift with a new gmail.com address.  You are never too old to get with it!  Do you know who the one person was on my Dad's Group email box that had a new Gmail account?  My 95 year old Uncle!  So see, it is never to late to look hip, even if your hip happens to be the result of a hip implant!  

 

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Comment by Linda Hertz on January 14, 2012 at 4:50pm

Hi Laura, thanks!  Yes, I was thinking after I finished this I should put another quick Blog out in a few weeks about the great things you can do with a G-Account!  Thank You!

Comment by Laura C Blandford on January 14, 2012 at 3:12pm

This is soooo true.  Plus you get all the benefits of gmail---I won't even mention those cuz if u have gmail u know about them, if u don't u need to get it and see how easy it is to manage emails.

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